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Royal Tokaji wins at Habanos
 
22 May 2013
 
 
Royal Tokaji a winner at Habanos International Sommelier contest

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Royal Tokaji Aszú Blue Label 2008 paired with a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial cigar was the winning combination which led Peter Döbröntei, of Hotel du Vin, Harrogate, to third place (behind two local contestants) at the Grand Finale of the 12th annual International Habanos Sommelier Contest held in Havana, Cuba.

Peter won the local British Habanos Sommelier competition last autumn which earned him the place to represent the UK at the 2013 final where he impressed the judges with his flair, imagination, skill and knowledge in selecting the Tokaji and cigar pairing.

Peter said: “I wanted to take a beverage from my native Hungary with me and thought of a Tokaji Aszú wine because it has a fascinating history. After tasting a number of wines, I selected Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Blue Label 2008, because this Aszú has great freshness from the acidity. I find this wine a little bit lighter in style compared to some other Tokaji Aszús. There is lively fruitiness on the palate: apricots and tropical fruits, mixed with some honey flavours. I paired it with a Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Espeicial, because this cigar is a lighter bodied cigar, with some sweetness and spices on the palate. The sweet spices of the cigar compliment well the dried fruit and honey flavours of the wine.” He accompanied the pairing with a selection of dried fruits and nuts.

Royal Tokaji are celebrating Peter’s success by arranging a special dinner accompanied by their wines at Hotel du Vin, Harrogate on Friday 18th October.

Hunters & Frankau are the exclusive UK importer of Havana cigars.

This story was also featured in The Drinks Business magazine, issue 130, May 2013.